State Senator Chris Koster, who's running for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General, is pushing what he calls "comprehensive, omnibus" immigration legislation that increases oversight on employers.
Koster's bill would make it illegal to employ unauthorized workers, as well as mandate that every employer in the state participate in a federal verification program to validate their employees work status.
“The failure of the federal government to adequately address the problem of illegal immigration in the workplace is becoming increasingly obvious,” Koster said.
Under his plan, employers would be required to submit an affidavit to the Department of Revenue accompanying the worker's tax information in order to confirm the status of workers. If employers knowingly alter information on the affidavit, they will be penalized. Employers will also be penalized if they knowingly misclassify employees for taxing purposes.
Law enforcement officers would be required to check the immigration status of anyone who violates the law and has been taken into custody. Koster's bill would designate state law enforcement officers to help enforce federal immigration law.
The bill has been referred to the Pensions, Veterans' Affairs and General Laws Committee.
Rep. Jeff Harris and Rep. Margaret Donnelly are running against Koster for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General.